Plant Care Dragon's Mouth

Dragon's Mouth

About Dragon's Mouth

Dragon's Mouth Orchid is a perennial herbaceous wildflower in the orchid family that is native from Canada south to the Carolinas. It prefers boggy sites, swamps, wet meadows and especially sphagnum bogs. The plant is named for the fountain nymph Arethusa and the flower suggests an animal's open mouth. Transplanting this orchid from the wild is rarely successful and they are generally not sold commercially.

Taxonomy

Arethusa bulbosa
Arethusa
Orchidaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Dragon's mouth, dragon's mouth orchid, Arethusa and Aret

How to care for Dragon's Mouth

💦 Water

How often to water your Dragon's Mouth

Water needs for Dragon's Mouth
0.5 cups
every 9

Dragon's Mouth needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Dragon's Mouth in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dragon's Mouth: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Dragon's Mouth love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Dragon's Mouth does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dragon's Mouth in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dragon's Mouth

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dragon's Mouth: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dragon's Mouth after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dragon's Mouth is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Dragon's Mouth prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dragon's Mouth requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


🪴 Soil

Dragon's Mouth does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dragon's Mouth grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dragon's Mouth can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 3a-8b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dragon's Mouth

Dragon's Mouth


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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